Every Penny Counts: BV students collect change for shoe drive
The students at Berryville Intermediate School are taking steps for change.
This December, the intermediate school is having a school-wide coin collecting competition to raise money for Bright Futures Berryville to restock their shoe supply. Whichever class raises the most money by Friday, Dec. 15, will get to play dodgeball against the teachers in front of the whole school on Monday, Dec. 18.
Fifth-grade teacher Emily Bell said the idea for the fundraiser came from a spare change collecting competition held last year. The intermediate school collected money for Heifer International, she said, and the students and teachers raised $1,400 together. She said the money raised was enough to buy two cows, three rabbits, two flocks of ducks, two flocks of chicks, two hives of honey bees, one goat and one pig, which were used to form the basis of a sustainable, thriving lifestyle for a family in need in a developing country.
“This time we wanted to help some local kids,” Bell said, “so I talked to some representatives from Bright Futures. They said shoes were one of the biggest needs they have right now.”
She continued, “So I said ‘OK, let’s do a fundraiser to put some money into your account so you guys can buy some shoes.’ ”
Last year, Bell said, the winning class received a pizza party, donated by Berryville Pizza Hut. This year, she said, the winning classes get to play dodgeball against the teachers.
“We’re going to pick the class with the most money from each grade level,” she said, “and they’re going to get to play dodgeball against the teachers in front of the whole school on Dec. 18. This is our second week, and we’ve already raised a lot of money.”
Auston Crow’s third-grade class is the current frontrunner, she said, with more than $100 raised so far.
“The kids are super excited,” Crow said. “One kid brought $10 the first day, and, since then, everybody has started bringing more and more. At first, I didn’t tell them that they were donating
money for shoes. They just knew about the dodgeball thing.”
He continued, “When I started telling them that this was actually a cause, they started bringing in more and more change.”
“I think there are some kids who want to hit their teacher with a dodgeball,” Bell said, laughing, “and it’s all for a good cause. We’re excited to see our students working hard to help other kids.”